Millions of Americans love to garden, but sometimes it can be tough on the body.
The repetitive stooping, squatting, kneeling, gripping and lifting can lead to back pain, knee pain, carpal tunnel and various other injuries.
A few tools that could help ease gardening pains:
- Gloves: There are a number of specially designed gloves that can improve your grip and protect your hands while you work. Two of the best are the “Atlas Nitrile Touch Garden Gloves," which are coated with a flexible synthetic rubber. The “ReliefGrip Gardening” gloves have extra padding in the palm and finger joints that can improve grip, and cause fewer calluses and blisters.
- Digging Tools: There are ergonomic tools that can help protect your wrists by reducing the bending and twisting wrist movement that often comes with digging and weeding. Some good options include Radius Garden tools, which make a variety of curved-handle hand tools and shovels. Corona tools, which make the ComfortGEL and eGrip hand garden tools. Another excellent product is the "Cobrahead Weeder and Cultivator," an all-purpose digging and weeding tool that is available in a short handle version for up close work.
- Knee and Back Aids: Kneepads and garden seats can also protect your knees and save your back when working close to the ground. Some popular products sold today through the Gardener’s Supply Company are the “GardenEase Kneeler," which is a kneeling pad with support handles; the “Garden Kneeler” is a kneepad/garden bench combo; and the “Deluxe Tractor Scoot with Bucket Basket,” which is a height-adjustable, swivel garden seat on wheels.
- Pruning Tools: Fiskars makes some of the finest ergonomic pruning tools that have also earned the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease of Use Commendation, because of their patented PowerGear mechanisms that increases leverage to make cutting three times easier than traditional pruners. Bahco and Corona also make a nice line of ergonomic pruning tools and handsaws.
- Watering: To help make your watering chores a little easier, there are lightweight garden hoses; soaker or drip hoses that can be snaked throughout the garden; and hose chests that can automatically rewind themselves. Some good companies that make these products include Water Right Inc., which makes a variety of super lightweight garden and coil hoses. The DIG Corp., which makes convenient drip irrigation kits and micro sprinkler kits, and Suncast, the leading maker of self-winding hose reels, and hose carts.
- Container Gardening: Raised garden beds, trellises, and container gardening is also an easier way to grow plants and flowers because it brings the garden to you, eliminating most stooping, squatting and kneeling. The Gardener’s Supply Company offers a wide range of raised beds and garden containers.